In situ study of molecular doping of chlorine on MoS2field effect transistor device in ultrahigh vacuum conditions

Nguyen Tat Trung, Mohammad Ikram Hossain, Md Iftekharul Alam, Atsushi Ando, Osamu Kitakami, Nobuaki Kikuchi, Tsuyoshi Takaoka, Yasuyuki Sainoo, Ryuichi Arafune, Tadahiro Komeda

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We report a precise measurement of the sensor behavior of the field effect transistor (FET) formed with the MoS2 channel when the channel part is exposed to Cl2 gas. The gas exposure and the electrical measurement of the MoS2 FET were executed with in situ ultrahigh-vacuum (UHV) conditions in which the surface analysis techniques were equipped. This makes it possible to detect how much sensitivity the MoS2 FET can provide and understand the surface properties. With the Cl2 gas exposure to the channel, the plot of the drain current versus the gate voltage (Id-Vg curve) shifts monotonically toward the positive direction of Vg, suggesting that the adsorbate acts as an electron acceptor. The Id-Vg shifts are numerically estimated by measuring the onset of Id (threshold voltage, Vth) and the mobility as a function of the dosing amounts of the Cl2 gas. The behaviors of both the Vth shift and the mobility with the Cl2 dosing amount can be fitted with the Langmuir adsorption kinetics, which is typically seen in the uptake curve of molecule adsorption onto well-defined surfaces. This can be accounted for by a model where an impinging molecule occupies an empty site with a certain probability, and each adsorbate receives a certain amount of negative charge from the MoS2 surface up to the monolayer coverage. The charge transfer makes the Vth shifts. In addition, the mobility is reduced by the enhancement of the Coulomb scattering for the electron flow in the MoS2 channel by the accumulated charge. From the thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS) measurement and density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we concluded that the adsorbate that is responsible for the change of the FET property is the Cl atom that is dissociated from the Cl2 molecule. The monotonic shift of Vth with the coverage suggests that the MoS2 device sensor has a good sensitivity to detect 10-3 monolayers (ML) of adsorption corresponding to the ppb level sensor with an activation time of 1 s.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28108-28115
Number of pages8
JournalACS Omega
Issue number43
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Nov 3


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